D.C. Superior Court Judge Okun issued an order permanently enjoining William S. Loiry, a Florida-based conference promoter, from operating in the District of Columbia until his company is properly registered. Loiry has been conducting business in the District for nearly 20 years through his company Ultimate Events and other entities.
The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) filed suit against Loiry in October 2013, alleging that many of his conferences – promoted under names like “United States Leadership Forum,” “American Energy Summit,” and “Defense Leadership Forum” – were not held as advertised.
The complaint alleged that Loiry made misrepresentations about upcoming conferences, failed to refund registrants’ conference fees or sponsorship fees when conferences were rescheduled or changed; and continued operating in the District even after his business’s registration was revoked.
OAG noted in its complaint that Loiry and his company received at least $27,740 in registration and sponsorship fees from at least five companies.
Judge Okun ordered that Loiry and Ultimate Events are liable to the District for fees and penalties due as a result of their failure to register and file required corporate reports.
"This is good news for consumers and those doing business in the District of Columbia," Attorney General Racine said. "We are committed to using all the tools at our disposal to stop business from deceiving our residents and visitors and to hold these businesses to account."